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Emmy-Nominated composer Shaun Barrowes keeps THE PARADISE PLANETS original and exciting with fast-moving sports sequences, clever world-building, and siren mythology that’s part Wizard of Oz, part Ready Player One, and all heart! 

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In 2132 AD, fifteen-year-old Kassiana’s life was royalty.  Born on Nemal, the richest of the Paradise Planets, she had no idea how the people of Earth–the Gaians–suffered.  But her idyllic and harmonious life was shattered when she was forcefully kidnapped and taken to live among them on a flooded Earth.  There, the Gaians were divided by their assigned star scores, surviving on meager food rations, and under the constant threat of sonic beatings from the U.N.O.E. mediation officers.  Singing in nearly-fluent Evéik to power up their wetsuits, Gaians contended against each other in the Siren Games–the foremost sporting competition in all the worlds–just to win a passport and be allowed entry to a Paradise planet.    


Now fallen from Paradise, worlds away from home, and with an increasing realization that no rescue is coming, Kassi must learn to survive as the lowliest of the Gaians and find some way to win the Siren Games–her only hope of ever seeing home again.

What Others are Saying

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Picked this book up wondering if it were just another young adult novel. But it was not! I loved the depth of subjects explored: coming of age, depth of friendships, social and emotional equality, competition, digging deep during adversity, child abuse, recognition of the needs of others, death, separation. It reminded me of the first time I read 'Ender's Game'. So, adults, young adults and teens will find something in this book. In fact, I gave it to my neighbor to read. 


This was one of the first books I have read in a while, and I was barely able to put it down! The world that Shaun created is so easy to get lost in, I felt that I had made friends with the characters by the end of the book. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat and I especially enjoyed reading the parts written in Evéik. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series!


Hi! I’m 12 years old and this is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. I absolutely loved the book! I tried to compare it to other books and I couldn’t! It is great! Out of all of the books I’ve read this is definitely my favorite! I don’t really say this but I could read this book again and that’s coming from a girl who read a LOT of books. I can’t wait for the next books! I hope my librarian gets it for the school library!


About the Author
Shaun Barrowes


Emmy-Nominated Composer for his song, "Army of Kings"

Top 30 Contestant on 
American Idol, Season 7

Performer with Bands/Artists including: Janelle Monae
Imagine Dragons 
Lindsey Stirling

Songwriter for Jackie Chan and his Green Heroes tour

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Songwriter, Music Producer, and Video Co-Producer for "Being Awesome", with almost 400 Million Views on YouTube

Singer and Songwriter for the theme song "Light of the Day/Dark of the Night" for Shadow Complex by Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite. 

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Winner of $30,000 Songwriting contest, Slice the Pie

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Featured Guest performer for Drum Corps International and Bands of America at Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis), and for Fame ShowChoirs National Championship

Producer and Performer of Reel Sessions at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London

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